PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by T. Byram Karasu, MD

Both psychologists and philosophers assert that one has to "be" before one can "belong." But being and belonging feed into each other. Being is not a static state; it is ever evolving; one acquires only degrees of being. In fact, it may be more accurate to refer to "becoming" rather than "being." Belonging becomes intricately woven into the process of one's becoming...

 

Editor's Note: This article discusses the importance of friendship and being part of a community regardless of whether you also have a primary intimate relationship.

 

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by Susan Orlins

He is a psychiatrist.
She is a cognitive therapist.

He was always on time.
She is sometimes late...

 

Editor's Note: In this light-hearted article, Susan Orlins compares her very different experiences in therapy with both a psychiatrist and a cognitive therapist.

 

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Editor's Note: Dan Siegal demonstrates a simple way to use the hand as a model to describe the brain and mindsight.

 

Psychotherapy


by Steven Handel

It may sound cliché, but the truth is if we don’t use our brains, we are more likely to lose them.

The brain thrives on sensory stimulation. It’s designed to absorb new information from its environment and build neural connections based on what it learns from those experiences...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In an era saturated with such a rapid influx of technology and demands on our time, it's difficult to figure out what's helping and what's hurting our brain. Ih this article, Steven Handel offers some practical ideas about how to maintain optimal brain functioning. Research is showing that actively using our minds throughout the lifespan fosters brain health and can even reduce risk of neurological diseases.

 

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by Susan Peabody

Those who vacillate between love addiction and love avoidance are called Ambivalent Love Addicts. Most Love Addicts and Love Avoidants are ambivalent at one time or another. They crave love, but they also fear it. The most famous kind of Ambivalent Love Addict is the Narcissist...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In recent years the addiction field has moved from a sole focus on substance addiction to understanding that people may have multiple addictions including sexual addictions and love addictions. In many cases, there is a shame based core in the personality which is often linked to early trauma resulting in disrupted attachment needs. The longing for attachment and fear of attachment results in an ambivalent style of intimacy in adult relationships. Susan Peabody describes the unique characteristics of the Ambivalent Love Addict.

 

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by Pamela Welch, MA, CCHt

Although I have training in several very effective psychotherapy and hypnotherapy methods, I am continually in awe of the healing power that lies, not in any specific technique, but within the client-therapist relationship itself. By allowing myself to be truly present with my clients in a state of loving consciousness...

 

Editor's Note: Pamela Welch offers her unique perspective on counseling and shares her personal journey as a psychotherapist.

 

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by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

Our memory, though fascinating, can be totally unreliable. As much as you want to retain forever in mind your sweet loving memories – the love-at-first-sight circumstance with your high-school sweetheart, the surprise birthday party a gang of new friends threw for you when you were doing your exchange study in a foreign country...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: You may be one of the many people who have been hurt and believe the painful memories are hard to erased from the brain's blackboard. But the truth is, "the past is just a story we tell ourselves". While memories might be powerful enough to define us, we indeed possess the ability of defining our own memories.

 

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by Debra Manchester, LCSW

Have you ever walked into your parents’ house as a mature adult and suddenly turned into a rebellious teenager? Or suddenly burst into tears (unlike those around you) at a certain scene in a movie? Or found yourself wanting to smack your child even though you would never do so? Or begun yelling at your wife because of the look on her face?...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Learning to choose how to respond rather than impulsively reacting is a challenge for many people when engaged in relationship conflict. Understanding the neuroscience behind the way that we respond may provide a new window into understanding ourselves and our families.

 

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Editor's Note: Healthy relationships are a crucial part of happiness for human beings. Deepak and David Simon give spiritual views of relationships and love.

 

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by Darren Poke, Certificate IV, Life Coaching

Whales are truly magnificent creatures.

Their massive size, grace and seemingly gentle nature makes them a popular tourist attraction and there are quite a few places along the coast of Australia where you can go at certain times of the year and witness them as they follow their annual migration patterns...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Darren draws parallels from the life and behavior of whales to how humans manage fear for this inspiring blog post.

 

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 by David McCann & Janis McCann

We want to discuss the art of listening, which we believe is at the heart of communication, and is also what makes up a civilized culture. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time...

 

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Editor's Note: Schizophrenia comes unbidden to countless families, striking young people when they are in their teens or as young adults. The slow progression of disturbed thinking and retreat from friends eventually morphs into more acute symptoms such as paranoid delusions and voices which command things inside the mind. This rupture eventually robs the young person of being able to live out their dreams in the way that they once envisioned. While we know a great deal more about mental illness today and how to identify at-risk individuals and how to treat acute symptoms, there is still much about it that remains a mystery...

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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